The mission of the Social Justice Committee is to effectively address systemic causes and results of social injustice by involving current and prospective members and friends of First Unitarian Church in worthwhile efforts that align with our principles and church mission. The committee coordinates our social justice work and meets monthly.

Co-Chairs:
Amanda Lynch, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 740.361.1475
Don Sherman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.388.0023

 


Click here for a Social Justice Monthly Update

 

 

Activities Overview:

 

Interfaith Hospitality Network

IHN is our largest volunteer project. Since 2006, we have housed homeless families at the church three to four weeks of each year. About 70 volunteers from First and other churches provide meals, a clean bed, fellowship, and safe harbor for homeless families.

Contacts:
Faith Maynard, phone 513.305.6703
Alexis Harris, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.601.2668
 
 

South Avondale Tutoring

Volunteers from First Church are trained and serve as tutors for kindergartners, Tuesdays 1:00-2:00, Wednesdays and Thursdays 12:30-1:30 at South Avondale Elementary School.

Contact:
Liv Ramstad,
email, phone 513.543.9012


Shiloh Food Pantry

Volunteers from First Church provide food donations, volunteer labor, and financial contributions to the Shiloh Food Pantry in Avondale.

Contacts:

Tom Rohrer,
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.518.9213
Joe Rohling, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.771-4586


LGBTQI Advocacy

The Unitarian Universalist Association recognizes First Unitarian Church of Cincinnati as a Welcoming Congregation. We welcome people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Members and friends participate in the annual Cincinnati Pride Parade, and many members and friends advocate for gender equality.

Contact: Lois Gish,
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.542.5587


Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)

UUSC advances human rights and social justice around the world, partnering with those who confront unjust power structures and mobilizing to challenge oppressive policies.

Contacts:
Heather Zoller, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 859.442.0011
Chuck Schneider, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.761.9331


Immigration Justice

First Church has held immigration dialogues and has hosted immigrants at Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) services. Many members and friends advocate for comprehensive, compassionate immigration reform.

Contact:
Don Sherman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.388.0023


Peace Committee

The Peace Committee brings peace issues to our attention.

Contact:
 Don Sherman,
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.388.0023


Refugee Committee

The committee supports refugee families from the Sudan and from Kosovo.

Contact: Jan Smith, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.923.2137 


Carbon Footprint/Environmental Committee

The committee is identifying ways all of us can respond to the challenges of climate change.

Contact:
Rolf Wiegand,
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 859.261.3305


Collaborations with Other Churches

The Unitarian Universalist Council of Greater Cincinnati and the Metropolitan Area Religious Coalition of Cincinnati focus on social justice issues such as homelessness and affordable housing, and police-community relations in greater Cincinnati. First Church contributes to the activities of both groups.

Contact:
Lee Meyer,
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.256.7577


The Faith Community Alliance of Greater Cincinnati

The Alliance provides a forum for the sharing of information and community action.

Contact:
Liv Ramstad,
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.543.9012


Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio (UUJO)

Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio organizes justice seekers statewide to promote education, service and advocacy consistent with Unitarian Universalist liberal religious principles and to witness with and on behalf of marginalized groups and individuals. uujo.org 

Contact: Dan Schneider,
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.561.0849


Carter Fund and Carter Service

This fund is a living memorial to Rev. W.H.G. Carter, the first African-American Unitarian minister in Cincinnati. The fund is replenished each year by a special collection on Martin Luther King weekend. Since 2001 more than $70,000 has been distributed to families and local non-profit agencies.

First Unitarian Church apologized to the Carter family in 2001 for ignoring Rev. W.H.G. Carter and his storefront church which served an urban black Cincinnati neighborhood in 1918-1939. The congregation recalls Carter’s pioneering efforts and his staunch Unitarian principles every year at a special service on Martin Luther King Day weekend. Click here for a history of the Carter reconciliation journey, for both the family and the congregation.

Contact: Ann Retford,
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.793.1075

 

Cuba Connection

The First Church-Cuba connection is a developing collaboration between First Unitarian Church and groups of Unitarian Universalist sympathizers in Cuba. We have developed this connection through the leadership of Jorge Vila, a First Church member of Cuban heritage.

Contact: Jorge Vila, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 513.746.0618


 

Upcoming Events
Youth Religious Education
Aug 20 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Aug 20 2017
10:00AM -
Meditation
Aug 21 2017
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Choir Rehearsal Resumes
Aug 24 2017
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Aug 27 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Church Service
Aug 27 2017
10:00AM -
How to Avoid Becoming Scammer Prey
Aug 27 2017
11:30AM - 12:30PM
Meditation
Aug 28 2017
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Women Singing in Sacred Circle
Aug 28 2017
07:00PM - 09:00PM
Choir Rehearsal
Aug 31 2017
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Sep 03 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Sep 04 2017
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Sep 06 2017
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Choir Rehearsal
Sep 07 2017
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Sep 10 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Streetvibes Vendor at First Church
Sep 10 2017
10:00AM - 11:00PM
Meditation
Sep 11 2017
11:30AM - 12:00PM
SJ: UUJO Webinar: Practical Organizing Skills for Social Justice
Sep 12 2017
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Choir Rehearsal
Sep 14 2017
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Church Council Meeting
Sep 16 2017
09:00AM - 12:15PM
Young Adult Brunch
Sep 17 2017
09:00AM - 10:00AM
Youth Religious Education
Sep 17 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Sep 18 2017
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Sep 20 2017
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Choir Rehearsal
Sep 21 2017
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Sep 24 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Sep 25 2017
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Women Singing in Sacred Circle
Sep 25 2017
07:00PM - 09:00PM
Choir Rehearsal
Sep 28 2017
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Oct 01 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Oct 02 2017
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Oct 04 2017
01:30PM - 03:30PM
SJ: UUJO Webinar: Sanctuary in Ohio
Oct 04 2017
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Choir Rehearsal
Oct 05 2017
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Oct 08 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Streetvibes Vendor at First Church
Oct 08 2017
10:00AM - 11:00PM
Meditation
Oct 09 2017
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Choir Rehearsal
Oct 12 2017
07:00PM - 08:30PM
SJ: Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio (UUJO) Annual Justice Assembly
Oct 14 2017
09:30AM - 04:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Oct 15 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Oct 16 2017
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Oct 18 2017
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Choir Rehearsal
Oct 19 2017
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Oct 22 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Oct 23 2017
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Women Singing in Sacred Circle
Oct 23 2017
07:00PM - 09:00PM
Choir Rehearsal
Oct 26 2017
07:00PM - 08:30PM
SJ: The Sanctuary Movement and H.D. Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience"
Oct 26 2017
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Oct 29 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Oct 30 2017
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Nov 01 2017
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Choir Rehearsal
Nov 02 2017
07:00PM - 08:30PM
SJ: The Sanctuary Movement and H.D. Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience"
Nov 02 2017
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Nov 05 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Nov 06 2017
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Choir Rehearsal
Nov 09 2017
07:00PM - 08:30PM
SJ: The Sanctuary Movement and H.D. Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience"
Nov 09 2017
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Nov 12 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Nov 13 2017
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Streetvibes Vendor at First Church
Nov 14 2017
10:00AM - 11:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Nov 15 2017
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Choir Rehearsal
Nov 16 2017
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Nov 19 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Nov 20 2017
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Choir Rehearsal
Nov 23 2017
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Nov 26 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Nov 27 2017
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Women Singing in Sacred Circle
Nov 27 2017
07:00PM - 09:00PM
Choir Rehearsal
Nov 30 2017
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Dec 03 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Dec 04 2017
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Dec 06 2017
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Choir Rehearsal
Dec 07 2017
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Dec 10 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Streetvibes Vendor at First Church
Dec 10 2017
10:00AM - 11:00PM
Meditation
Dec 11 2017
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Choir Rehearsal
Dec 14 2017
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Dec 17 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Dec 18 2017
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Dec 20 2017
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Choir Rehearsal
Dec 21 2017
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Dec 24 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Dec 25 2017
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Women Singing in Sacred Circle
Dec 25 2017
07:00PM - 09:00PM
Choir Rehearsal
Dec 28 2017
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Dec 31 2017
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Jan 01 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Jan 03 2018
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Choir Rehearsal
Jan 04 2018
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Jan 07 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Jan 08 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Streetvibes Vendor at First Church
Jan 09 2018
10:00AM - 11:00PM
Choir Rehearsal
Jan 11 2018
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Jan 14 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Jan 15 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Jan 17 2018
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Choir Rehearsal
Jan 18 2018
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Jan 21 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Jan 22 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Women Singing in Sacred Circle
Jan 22 2018
07:00PM - 09:00PM
Choir Rehearsal
Jan 25 2018
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Jan 28 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Jan 29 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Choir Rehearsal
Feb 01 2018
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Feb 04 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Feb 05 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Feb 07 2018
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Choir Rehearsal
Feb 08 2018
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Feb 11 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Feb 12 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Streetvibes Vendor at First Church
Feb 13 2018
10:00AM - 11:00PM
Choir Rehearsal
Feb 15 2018
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Feb 18 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Feb 19 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Feb 21 2018
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Choir Rehearsal
Feb 22 2018
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Feb 25 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Feb 26 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Women Singing in Sacred Circle
Feb 26 2018
07:00PM - 09:00PM
Choir Rehearsal
Mar 01 2018
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Mar 04 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Mar 05 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Mar 07 2018
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Choir Rehearsal
Mar 08 2018
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Streetvibes Vendor at First Church
Mar 10 2018
10:00AM - 11:00PM
Youth Religious Education
Mar 11 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Mar 12 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Choir Rehearsal
Mar 15 2018
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Mar 18 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Mar 19 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Mar 21 2018
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Choir Rehearsal
Mar 22 2018
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Mar 25 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Mar 26 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Women Singing in Sacred Circle
Mar 26 2018
07:00PM - 09:00PM
Choir Rehearsal
Mar 29 2018
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Apr 01 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Apr 02 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Chess and Games with Friends
Apr 04 2018
01:30PM - 03:30PM
Choir Rehearsal
Apr 05 2018
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Apr 08 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Streetvibes Vendor at First Church
Apr 08 2018
10:00AM - 11:00PM
Meditation
Apr 09 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM
Choir Rehearsal
Apr 12 2018
07:00PM - 08:30PM
Youth Religious Education
Apr 15 2018
09:50AM - 11:15AM
Meditation
Apr 16 2018
11:30AM - 12:00PM

Our 7 UU Principles:

  1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person;

  2. Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;

  3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;

  4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;

  5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;

  6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;

  7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.